Friday, July 31, 2009

MuteMath's Mobile Listening Party

MuteMath's mobile listening party gets underway at a top-secret location in New York City on today.

Their Manhattan concert takes place Friday, the 13th of November. --Yep, the same date as the David Crowder show. Who will you be seeing?

[image via MuteMath's Myspace page]

You may also be interested in this past post about MuteMath's Tonight Show visit.

The Proverbial Trouble upon a Family

A greedy man brings trouble to his family,
but he who hates bribes will live.
~ Proverbs 15:27

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Proverbial Thoughts of the Wicked

The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked,
but those of the pure are pleasing to him.
~ Proverbs 15:26

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Justice in July

What does Jesus have to say about justice? Trinity Grace is holding a bible study and book discussion on the topic every Wednesday of the month:
You are invited to a weekly opportunity to learn more about justice from the book of Luke and Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline.

These open studies are being hosted by Gary and Charlotte Wiley and led by folks from our friends at New York Faith & Justice. You can come once, you can come all the time---you will always be welcome. Bring your own copy of Celebration of Discipline, bring $5 for the Luke manuscript.

You must RSVP to Diana Yi: dyi@newyorkfaithjustice.org or 212-870-1254.

Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm
610 W 152 St, Apt. 52 (just west of Broadway; take the 1 train to 145th and walk north)

Where would you like to see more justice?

Ryan Redebaugh Band Plays Live Tonight on the LES

The Ryan Redebaugh Band is heading underground tonight at 9:

Redebaugh will perform a series of tunes that he has written over the last year. Redebaugh's upcoming cd "New Life" is set for an early fall release. Join the boys as they take the stage at 9pm. A great evening, with good folks, good music and good times awaits.
The National Underground, located at 159 E. Houston Street (between Allen and Eldridge), is owned by that guy that sings the theme song on "One Tree Hill."
Photo [from previous invitation] of Redebaugh and Kyle Sandison, guitarist, who both can be seen on the worship team at City Grace (219 Sullivan St.) every Sunday at 11:00 am.

The Proverbial Proud Man's House

The LORD tears down the proud man's house
but he keeps the widow's boundaries intact.
~ Proverbs 15:25


Like the Proverbial This or That? We're looking for someone to head it up. Email us if you're interested.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

North Brooklyn Vineyard Looks Back and Then Ahead

North Brooklyn Vineyard shared this community update with its congregation on July 24:


Report: A look ahead

It’s been a quiet summer but as we continue to move from being a “camp to a village” community there’s lots of planning and preparation going on. We’re a small yet very diverse body of people with a wide range of needs and interests living in a diverse city. In order to be relevant and to grow we have to find ways of addressing at least some of these interests and needs. So after listening to our Core members, praying and discussing these things among ourselves, my Advisory Team and I met last week for our yearly planning day and I’m excited about what we’ve come up with for the upcoming year.

I’ve sensed for some time now that we need to be more focused on proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and reaching people. Yes, it sounds like being more “evangelistic”. Yuck! I know this leaves a bad taste in many of your mouths due to bad models and from bad past experiences. But here in the NBV evangelism is primarily relational. Make friends, earn their trust and let the natural bridge of relationship lead the way to sharing the gospel with them at an appropriate time and eventually welcoming them into our church community.

To that end and in order to continue to meet some of the very practical needs and interests of our congregation we have planned the following fun, non-threatening social events and activities for our congregation and outsiders:

Brendon and Merritt Benz have planned a whole series of fun activities for young families, such as rooftop pool parties, craft days, hot cocoa get-togethers aimed at couples with infants and young children, for expecting parents as well as their non-Christian friends.

We want to continue to support married couples inside and outside our church. So once again Matt and Marietta Lavicka will be offering The Marriage Course this fall small group semester. This is an eight-week course geared to give couples helpful tools to build and maintain healthy marriages. Registration will begin at the end of August.

Our Wine & Cheese party was a big hit last spring so we’ve schedule one for September and February. There’s also a rooftop scary movie party planned for Halloween. Of course there’s our annual Christmas Party to invite your friends to, which is always a highlight of our year. Let’s not forget our Workers Appreciation Dinner to honor all our hardworking volunteers. And of course we’ll continue to throw our Trash Bar Super Bowl Party and Feasts… something for everybody.

Our small groups, the meat and potatoes of our community-life, will be in action again. My hope is to offer better support and training for our small group leaders, which should translate into even more effective group life. We hope to have a couple of new groups in order to add some variety and offer more alternatives. Sign-up for the fall semester will begin in September.

In order to be a community where “everybody gets to play”, we’ll continue to offer
equipping events and workshops. We will be offering a Foundations Course for those of you that want to put down good strong roots and enjoy healthy spiritual formation and growth. A church is only as strong as it’s leadership so I will again conduct a Servant Leadership Intensives to develop the young emerging leaders among us. I’ve gotten a good response to our Tool Box Sundays, so you can look forward to me doing practical, hands-on ministry skill training in our Sunday service once every quarter or so.

In addition to all this, as I said at the beginning of this report, our biggest challenge is to reach out to our neighbors while continuing to develop and strengthen our home base. I have to confess that at the moment I don’t know what this is going to look like exactly. But I do know that it’s going to take lots of volunteers – the willingness to occasionally sacrifice a little bit of your free time in order to roll up your sleeves and get involved helping others. I know if you give it a try you’ll discover richness added to your life that’s more rewarding than most anything else in your life.

I look forward to the privilege of leading you into another year of kingdom adventure.
God bless
Mike T



Asphalt Eden love to hear from the congregation on what they're most looking forward to at North Brooklyn Vineyard this upcoming year.

Soul Trek: The Awakening

The Awakening. That's the topic of conversation this Thursday (note the day change!) at FOS (Forum on Orthodox Christianity), where the summer series is contemplating Soul Trek: Cultivating Your Spirital Life, "To Boldly Go Where God Is Leading." FOS meets at 7:00 PM in the ballroom at Holy Trinity, located at 337 E. 74th St.

The FOS Summer Series promises exciting voyages into the universe of spiritual development. Sacrifice, loyalty, honor, and friendship are some of the topics for which the Star Trek TV and movie series is noted. Who are we and what is the purpose of our existence? Who or what determines our future? How do we decide what direction our lives should take? These are the fundamental issues of the latest Star Trek movie. But they are also the silent questions that determine our spiritual lives as well. Join the crew of FOS as we embark on our summer spiritual trek!


Schedule of presentations:

June 16: Stages of Spiritual Life

June 23: God's Call to Adventure --Special Guest Presenter: His Grace
Bishop Savas, Archdiocesan Director of Church & Society June 30: Resistance
is Futile

July 7: The Need for Spock (Mentorship)

July 14: Confronting the Dark Side (Risk)

July 21: Fighting Klingons (Seizing the Sword)

July 28: The Awakening

August 4: Kirk, Spock & McCoy (Spirit, Soul & Body)

August 11: Life in the Spirit

August 18: FOS Softball Outing


[image via IMDB]


Who's in?

The Proverbial Path to the Grave

The path of life leads upward for the wise
to keep him from going down to the grave.
~ Proverbs 15:24


Like the Proverbial This or That? We're looking for someone to head it up. Email us if you're interested.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Early Hours Play Pianos Tonight

For a band called The Early Hours, 10pm sounds either a bit too late or a bit too early, but that's when they're playing tonight at Pianos (158 Ludlow Street). Here's what Eric, Tiago and Rob have to say for themselves:
come out to the classic indie-rock club Pianos in New York's lower east for a mid-summer rock show. this is one of our favorite clubs in the city and we're playing with a GREAT band from Boston called 'Magic Magic'. Check them out here: http://www.myspace.com/magicmagicband

Also, if you'd like to know what in the world you're getting into, check out our site here!!: http://www.myspace.com/theearlyhours


Who's in?

[image via their invite]

Moonlight Bicycle Riding

Here are your latest cycling events from Time's Up!

[image via Time's Up]



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1. MECHANICS MEETING


Monday, July 27th, 7:30 p.m.


156 Rivington Street, between Suffolk and Clinton Streets


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2. CRITICAL MASS: MANHATTAN


Friday, July 31st, 7 p.m.


Union Square, North Side


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3. CENTRAL PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE


Friday, August 7th, 10 p.m.


Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)


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4. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE


Saturday, August 8th, 9 p.m.


Grand Army Plaza, the northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy, Union St. and Prospect Park West intersect.


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5. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS** Now in NYC and Brooklyn! **


Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday Workshops will be held at ABC No Rio which is located at 156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets.


Wednesday and Sunday Workshops will be held at Time's Up! Brooklyn which is located at 99 South 6th Street off Bedford Avenue


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Do you ride a bike?

7 Minutes in Heaven with Grace Hwang

Grace Hwang has a passion for art -- good art. About a year ago, she opened SALT artspace, a gallery that focuses on building community by uniting the visual -- oftentimes conceptual -- arts with social projects. Goodmeet, for example, was a full day of pondering the theme "sanctuary" -- how artists can find and create sanctuary in NYC and what art history has to say about the role of sanctuary, rituals, and religion within great works -- at SALT. The artspace's blog, staying SALTy, features information on the gallery's lineup, as well as other arts events that its participants are involved. with.

Grace, who just so happens to be one of the cutest, most upbeat, and well-informed women in the arts world, took time out of her busy schedule, running SALT and working at MoMA, to participate in our 7 Minutes in Heaven series.

[photo of Grace Hwang via staying SALTy]

Asphalt Eden: Who would you want to be stranded on a deserted island with?
Grace Hwang: I hope I never get stranded... - maybe that guy on TV that is always getting dumped somewhere and has to use survival skills to get back to civilization - although he's really intense...

Asphalt Eden: If you had to have a portrait of yourself made, what artist would commission?
Grace Hwang: I dunno that I care for a representational portrait of myself, but I'd love Janet Cardiff to create a walk for me...

Asphalt Eden: What is your favorite time of day?
Grace Hwang: The sky at dusk right after the sun has hit the sides of buildings in NY.

Asphalt Eden: Where in New York is the closest place to your own personal Garden of Eden?
Grace Hwang: Well there's the James Turrell installation at P.S.1, the Brooklyn Bridge, and then there's always the great tree outside my window.

Asphalt Eden: What's on repeat on your iPod?
Grace Hwang: The Cure, Pink Martini, Erik Satie, M.I.A., the Shout out Louds...

Asphalt Eden: If you could ask God one question, what would it be?
Grace Hwang: I wonder if He has a name for me that He calls me by... and what that sounds like!

Asphalt Eden: What message do you want people to take away from your art?
Grace Hwang: If I can create a space or facilitate an experience that leaves people curious, connected to some forgotten part of their self or wanting to leave and go create something of their own, that would be my humble contribution to the world.

Check Out Our New Business Blogroll

We've added a new section to our blogroll, over there on the right-hand side of the page. Given the current state of the economy, we thought it might be helpful to you if Asphalt Eden provided a few links to websites and blogs where you could find jobs, career advice, and business news. We hope this new section helps you!

The Proverbial Perfect Comeback

A man finds joy in giving an apt reply—
and how good is a timely word!
~ Proverbs 15:23

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Curiouser and Curiouser

Something to do tomorrow perhaps:::


Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock?

IAM runs a monthly film series at Space 3839 (38 West 39th Street, 3rd Floor).

July 24 - Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock?
August 21 - YiYi

Screening begins at 7 PM. Find more IAM events here.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Modern Man Killed off the Neanderthal

In this article, it would appear that modern man killed off the neanderthal. According to Wikipedia, "Neanderthals are either classified as a subspecies of humans (Homo sapiens neanderthalensis) or as a separate species (Homo neanderthalensis)." There are various Christian responses to neanderthals, and both science and religion seem to point toward neanderthals being a separate species from modern man.

Discuss.

"Girl Soldier" Comes to Hollywood

Sometimes it takes a film with a big-name celebrity to raise awareness:

Uma Thurman will star in Girl Soldier, "portraying a cleric who helped rescue 140 schoolgirls abducted in Uganda," according to Variety, which noted that the "producers are eyeing a first-quarter shoot." The film is adapted from Stolen Angels: The Kidnapped Girls of Uganda by Kathy Cook (Penguin Global, $24, 9780143054818/0143054813).

"This is a film that had to get made," Thurman said. "It's beyond me that in this day and age the exploitation of child soldiers goes virtually unnoticed and unchecked by Western media."

Variety reported that Caspian Pictures, which will make the film, "was founded by [Will] Raee and Brian Bullock last year with the goal of making socially conscious and commercially viable films with mass audience appeal."
Quoted text via Shelf Awarness.

Justice in July

What does Jesus have to say about justice? Trinity Grace is holding a bible study and book discussion on the topic every Wednesday of the month:

You are invited to a weekly opportunity to learn more about justice from the book of Luke and Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline.

These open studies are being hosted by Gary and Charlotte Wiley and led by folks from our friends at New York Faith & Justice. You can come once, you can come all the time---you will always be welcome. Bring your own copy of Celebration of Discipline, bring $5 for the Luke manuscript.

You must RSVP to Diana Yi: dyi@newyorkfaithjustice.org or 212-870-1254.

Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm
610 W 152 St, Apt. 52 (just west of Broadway; take the 1 train to 145th and walk north)

Where would you like to see more justice?

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with a Beer-Inspired Ice-Cream Sandwhich

Last week we took a look at guacamole ice cream, so let's head on over to Bierkfraft this week for some beer-inspired ice cream. At this Brooklyn establishment, located at 191 Fifth Ave., you can get an ice-cream sandwich made out of Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale and chocolate from Michel Cluizel.

Comment with your reviews.

[image via TDBA]

Beach Baptisms @ Ocean Grove, NJ

We'll be heading down to the beach in Ocean Grove, NJ for our annual beach baptisms. This will be my first at CCNJ, but I've done this with my former church in NYC when we did beach baptisms @ Jones Beach.

It's an awesome way to proclaim your faith in Jesus before the world and non-believing on-lookers. It's the perfect opportunity to witness to the lost when they come up to you and ask what you are doing!

Date: Saturday, August 1st
Time: 10am to 4pm
Price: Beach Pass = $7
Yes, you have to pay to get onto the beach, something unheard of for this Wildwood girl!!

We'll meet at the south end of the beach.

If you'd like to fellowship with me, please RSVP here:
http://www.meetup.com/Rutherford-Christians/calendar/10777713/

Worship Night @ Calvary Chapel North Jersey

I had an awesome time at the last event and can't wait for another dose of praise and worship unto the Lord.

Come and worship the Lord with us and perhaps we'll go get a bite to eat afterwards.

Date: Friday, July 31st
Time: 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Location: Calvary Chapel North Jersey
145 Paulison Ave, Passaic , NJ 07055
(973) 472-0431
http://ccnorthjersey.org
(Shared building with the First United Methodist Church)
*Enter in the rear of the building via the small parking lot.

Be sure to log onto the church's website for directions.
You can also take NJ Transit Bus #190 departing from Port Authority Gate 223, for those coming from NYC.

Feel free to just show up or if you'd like to fellowship with me, you can RSVP here:
http://www.meetup.com/Rutherford-Christians/calendar/10714822/

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Soul Trek: Fighting Klingons

Fighting Klingons. That's the topic of conversation this Tuesday at FOS (Forum on Orthodox Christianity), where the summer series is contemplating Soul Trek: Cultivating Your Spirital Life, "To Boldly Go Where God Is Leading." FOS meets at 7:00 PM in the ballroom at Holy Trinity, located at 337 E. 74th St.

The FOS Summer Series promises exciting voyages into the universe of spiritual development. Sacrifice, loyalty, honor, and friendship are some of the topics for which the Star Trek TV and movie series is noted. Who are we and what is the purpose of our existence? Who or what determines our future? How do we decide what direction our lives should take? These are the fundamental issues of the latest Star Trek movie. But they are also the silent questions that determine our spiritual lives as well. Join the crew of FOS as we embark on our summer spiritual trek!

Schedule of presentations:
June 16: Stages of Spiritual Life
June 23: God's Call to Adventure --Special Guest Presenter: His Grace Bishop Savas, Archdiocesan Director of Church & Society
June 30: Resistance is Futile
July 7: The Need for Spock (Mentorship)
July 14: Confronting the Dark Side (Risk)
July 21: Fighting Klingons (Seizing the Sword)
July 28: The Awakening
August 4: Kirk, Spock & McCoy (Spirit, Soul & Body)
August 11: Life in the Spirit
August 18: FOS Softball Outing


[image via IMDB]


Are you ready to fight some Klingons?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

What Are You Reading? July 09 edition


[Image via Ruby Press]


What are you reading?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Jazz House Presents Jostein Gulbrandsen

Starry Nights may no longer be happening at The American Museum of Natural History, but fortunately you can still get some jazz in this summer at Scandinavia House (58 Park Ave.):

As the Manhattan skyline slips into magic hour, sip a sumptuous cocktail while enjoying an intimate concert held on Scandinavia House’s garden terrace. A favored alternative to the usual midtown “happy hour,” Jazz House presents an eclectic selection of Nordic ensembles and repertoires accompanied by refreshments from Smörgås Chef’s terrace cocktail bar.
Tonight features Norway's Jostein Gulbrandsen:
Jostein Gulbrandsen grew up in Norway and started playing the guitar at the age of nine. His first CD as a band leader was released to critical acclaim in both Norway and the U.S. Using a mixture of electric, acoustic and fretless guitars, his music melds both American elements of jazz and reflects his Nordic roots. http://www.myspace.com/josteing
The event starts at 6:30 and costs $10.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Happy birthday, Bibleman!

Happy birthday, Bibleman!



Willie Aames was born on this day in 1960 in Los Angeles.

Justice in July

What does Jesus have to say about justice? Trinity Grace is holding a bible study and book discussion on the topic every Wednesday of the month:

You are invited to a weekly opportunity to learn more about justice from the book of Luke and Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline.

These open studies are being hosted by Gary and Charlotte Wiley and led by folks from our friends at New York Faith & Justice. You can come once, you can come all the time---you will always be welcome. Bring your own copy of Celebration of Discipline, bring $5 for the Luke manuscript.

You must RSVP to Diana Yi: dyi@newyorkfaithjustice.org or 212-870-1254.

Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm
610 W 152 St, Apt. 52 (just west of Broadway; take the 1 train to 145th and walk north)

Where would you like to see more justice?

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Guacamole de Postre

Did you know July is National Ice Cream Month? Okay, but did you know that it was Ronald Reagan who designated it as such in 1984?

To celebrate National Ice Cream Month, Asphalt Eden is going to be taking a look at ice cream in the Big Apple. All month long, we'll bring you news on the most unique flavors and the best deals. If you've got a tip, email us.

First up, the annual Ice Cream Festival at Rosa Mexicano (9 East 18th Street). We learned via Rare Daily, that now through this Sunday, July 19, the "Flavor-happy highlights include: Guacamole de Postre, a sweet and savory mash-up of salted avocado and butter ice cream, and Tacos de Helado, a luscious trio of vanilla cookie tacos filled with Peanut Butter Oaxacan Chocolate, Vanilla, and Sweet Potato Rum Raisin ice cream."
Comment with your reviews.


[image via Rare Daily]

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Soul Trek: Confronting the Dark Side

Confronting the Dark Side. That's the topic of conversation this Tuesday at FOS (Forum on Orthodox Christianity), where the summer series is contemplating Soul Trek: Cultivating Your Spirital Life, "To Boldly Go Where God Is Leading." FOS meets at 7:00 PM in the ballroom at Holy Trinity, located at 337 E. 74th St.


The FOS Summer Series promises exciting voyages into the universe of spiritual development. Sacrifice, loyalty, honor, and friendship are some of the topics for which the Star Trek TV and movie series is noted. Who are we and what is the purpose of our existence? Who or what determines our future? How do we decide what direction our lives should take? These are the fundamental issues of the latest Star Trek movie. But they are also the silent questions that determine our spiritual lives as well. Join the crew of FOS as we embark on our summer spiritual trek!


Schedule of presentations:


June 16: Stages of Spiritual Life


June 23: God's Call to Adventure --Special Guest Presenter: His Grace Bishop
Savas, Archdiocesan Director of Church & Society


June 30: Resistance is Futile


July 7: The Need for Spock (Mentorship)


July 14: Confronting the Dark Side (Risk)


July 21: Fighting Klingons (Seizing the Sword)


July 28: The Awakening


August 4: Kirk, Spock & McCoy (Spirit, Soul & Body)


August 11: Life in the Spirit


August 18: FOS Softball Outing


[image via IMDB]



What risks do you need to take? What risks should you be avoiding?


Monday, July 13, 2009

Battle of the Bands: David Crowder vs. MuteMath
















It is a strange Friday the 13th when two Christian bands are duking it out.
Who will you be seeing tonight?

Friday, July 10, 2009

Happy Birthday, John Calvin!

John Calvin turns 500 today. And there's a whole slew of books coming out to celebrate. Guess balloon animals wouldn't be enough.

[image via Wikipedia]

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Tonight! Rock India '09


Here's your reminder that Rock India '09 is taking place tonight. It's a rockin' benefit concert that goes to support the sponsorship of orphans from the slums of India. The fundraiser takes place on tonight, from 8 to 11 PM, at Don Hills (511 Greenwich @ Spring St.)


Full Line up!

8:00- 8:30 Sunspots

8:40-9:10 The Early Hours

9:30- 10:00 Zach Williams

10:10-10:40 Patrick Murphey


Tickets available for $15 @ http://www.calebhopefoundation.org/

$20 at the door

Drink Specials!!!


Who's in?

Scavenger Hunt: Patriots

Maybe its the nerd in me, but Scavenger Hunt: Patriots -- "Hunt for History" sounds like the most fun one could have today.

Host: Urban Madness
Start Time: Thursday, July 9 at 5:00pm
End Time: Thursday, July 9 at 10:00pm
Where: Manhattan-meet @ Union Square in front of the Washington statue

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:
http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=94848236889&mid=acc263G4db2bfccG947d41G7

[image via Facebook]

Who's in?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Justice in July

What does Jesus have to say about justice? Trinity Grace is holding a bible study and book discussion on the topic every Wednesday of the month:

You are invited to a weekly opportunity to learn more about justice from the book of Luke and Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline.

These open studies are being hosted by Gary and Charlotte Wiley and led by folks from our friends at New York Faith & Justice. You can come once, you can come all the time---you will always be welcome. Bring your own copy of Celebration of Discipline, bring $5 for the Luke manuscript.

You must RSVP to Diana Yi: dyi@newyorkfaithjustice.org or 212-870-1254.

Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm
610 W 152 St, Apt. 52 (just west of Broadway; take the 1 train to 145th and walk north)

Where would you like to see more justice?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Gutter Chic

Normally, we're a bit too cool for bowling, but tonight's soft opening of Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn) might just change our minds. Maybe that's because it defies white-trash expectations of hours-old hot dogs, broken plastic chairs, and stinky shoes. Going a step beyond cosmic bowling, Brooklyn Bowl has a stage for live music and serves up comfort food from Blue Ribbon. Sweet relief to those who spend most of their time in the gutter lane.

Brooklyn Bowl is also a green initiative. The sprawling 23,000 square foot space, designed by Peter Shapiro and Charley Ryan in conjuction with GreenOrder, features a bowler's lounge floor made of reclaimed cork and a stage made entiretly out of recycled truck tires. Even the pin-spotters "use 75% less energy than the industry standard." But seriously, does this look green to you?













[Photos by Adam Macchia, Interior Design by Tristam Steinberg, via Flickr]


Okay, but back to the food and drink: We're talking locavorian with beers by Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint, and Kelso -- all of which are served on tap as a way to reduce waste. And according to Blue Ribbon, Brooklyn Bowl will have "a menu designed by Blue Ribbon especially for this exciting venue." They don't have a menu up yet, but here's what they serve at their Brooklyn Brasserie. In the meantime, according to Brooklyn Bowl, "A small snack menu will be served from July 10 through the 20th. On the 21st, an expanded 'preview' menu will be presented, with the full menu by Blue Ribbon debuting on August 4th."

Right now, the operating hours for Brooklyn Bowl are a bit scaled back:

Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday, 6:00 pm - 2:00 am, and Friday and Saturdays 6:00pm - 4:00am. During this time Brooklyn Bowl will not be open on Mondays, and are serving only to a 21+ crowd. ... Live music performances, advance lane reservations, and extended hours (including child-friendly weekend days) will begin in late summer.

And circle September 24th on your calendar for the Lebowski Fest.

Re:Write Review On Sale @ McNally

Launched on May 7 of this year, the first installment of The Re:Write Review is now selling in Manhattan:


The Re:Write Review is available for purchase at McNally Jackson Bookstore in NYC!! If you haven't been to McNally then you are missing out on the best independent book store in the city. It's on the corner of Prince and Mulberry in Nolita (52 Prince). The book is upstairs in the Literary Periodicals section...near the magazines I believe. Please go check it out, send your friends there to buy it, go take pictures of it with your cell phone (note attached photo)...you know classy stuff like that.

We will begin new groups in the fall in preparation for Issue 2 of the Re:Write Review, which will also be on shelves at McNally Jackson. So start writing now! There will be contests and themes announced in a month or so.



Associated with Trinity Grace Church, Re:Write describes itself as:



a writing collective that seeks to nurture, introduce, and promote new
voices.

We are local and global and independent.

What we offer is a new writing lifestyle that preserves the necessarily independent act of writing but that insists on the strength of community. Weekend writing seminars are not enough. Our belief is that beautiful, original writing will arise from a combination of work-shopping, craft study, and community.

This is a call for weekend warriors and late night bloggers to come out of the literary closet and join a collection of fellow artists who are committed to each other’s success and growth.

You can visit the McNally Jackson Bookstore here. Located at 52 Prince, it has a cafe that serves Italian sodas and pastries from Balthazar.

[image via an email from "the boys & aurora"]

Michael Jackson and Religion

The AP is reporting that Michael Jackson's memorial "started out more spiritual than spectacular." Jackson was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, and seems to have been connected to the Muslim, Kabbalah, and Christian faiths, according to this article in the Boston Globe.

How do you feel about the media hype surrounding Michael Jackson's sudden death? Why do you think the secular media is interested in debating his religious views?
[image via NJ.com]


Clapping

If you like clapping -- and if you're French or a church-goer, you probably do -- you'll enjoy this article.

Soul Trek: The Need for Spock

The Need for Spock. That's the topic of conversation this Tuesday at FOS (Forum on Orthodox Christianity), where the summer series is contemplating Soul Trek: Cultivating Your Spirital Life, "To Boldly Go Where God Is Leading." FOS meets at 7:00 PM in the ballroom at Holy Trinity, located at 337 E. 74th St.

The FOS Summer Series promises exciting voyages into the universe of
spiritual development. Sacrifice, loyalty, honor, and friendship are some of the
topics for which the Star Trek TV and movie series is noted. Who are we and what
is the purpose of our existence? Who or what determines our future? How do we
decide what direction our lives should take? These are the fundamental issues of
the latest Star Trek movie. But they are also the silent questions that
determine our spiritual lives as well. Join the crew of FOS as we embark on our
summer spiritual trek!



Schedule of presentations:

June 16: Stages of Spiritual Life

June 23: God's Call to Adventure --Special Guest Presenter: His Grace
Bishop Savas, Archdiocesan Director of Church & Society

June 30: Resistance is Futile

July 7: The Need for Spock (Mentorship)

July 14: Confronting the Dark Side (Risk)

July 21: Fighting Klingons (Seizing the Sword)

July 28: The Awakening

August 4: Kirk, Spock & McCoy (Spirit, Soul & Body)

August 11: Life in the Spirit

August 18: FOS Softball Outing


[image via IMDB]


Who plays Spock in your life?

Depths of Biblical Manhood

Trinity Grace is hosting a men's fellowship. Hm... no sports metaphors noticeable. Strange.

The men in our community are invited to explore the depths of biblical manhood. Our series of discussions and prayer continues in two weeks:

Tuesday July 7, in the Empire State Building, 7pm

Email Josh for more information.


Who's in?

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Social Experiment/Art Opening Tonight

Something fantastically interesting's going down at Salt tonight. From 6:30 to 8:30 pm the art space is hosting an opening reception for an installation project/social experiment. Get this: it involves "2 days, 2 projects, 4 carts and 200 balloons." Let's go check it out! Salt is located at 1160 Broadway @27th Street, 5th floor.

Who's going with me?

Also, what sorta social experiment would you like to do?

[image via Salt]

Unique Way to Celebrate July 4th: Rockin' Out at the Afro-Punk Festival

Playing July 4 at the Afro-Punk Festival are Whole Wheat Bread, Pure Hell, Game Rebellion, American Fangs, The Objex, Funk Face, oOohh Baby Gimme, and Jesse Nobody.

Even if you already have plans for July 4th, you can still make it to the Afro-Punk Festival. How? Easy: It's several days long. And full of great music and movies.

Get all the info you need here.

CityLight Coffeehouse Tonight

CityLight is hosting a coffeehouse tonight at 7, featuring music and comedy. The event is free, and there will be coffee and pastries. The coffeehouse will be at 121 E. 7th Street (between 1st Ave. and Ave. A).

Unique Way to Celebrate July 4th: Picnicking with the CCC

A picnic might sound like pretty standard July 4th fare, but why not use the opportunity to expand your social network -- irl. Broaden your horizons with the Christian Cultural Center:
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL EXTENDED UNTIL
SUNDAY, JUNE 28TH!!!

Christian Cultural Center invites you to our Annual Family Picnic on Saturday, July 4th at Holiday Hill in Cheshire, Connecticut.

Come and experience a wonderful time of Fun, Fellowship, Family & Food with a special performance by Grammy Nominated Artist, Canton Jones.

Free give-aways every hour for our youth from 7 to 17 years old!!

Early Bird Ticket prices
$50 for General Admission Adults (Ages 12-59 yrs)
$30 Seniors (Ages 60+) & Children (Ages 3-11 yrs).
Children 2 yrs and under are free for the park.

CCC Charter Bus Service is available for $25 per person. Children 2 yrs and under need to purchase a bus ticket - car seat is needed.

You may purchase your tickets at the Cornerstone Bookstore or online at
www.cccinfo.org. For your convenience, the Aquarium has been reserved for tickets sales on Sunday, June 28th.

For more information, please call 718-306-1000.

What's your favorite picnic food?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Justice in July

What does Jesus have to say about justice? Trinity Grace is holding a bible study and book discussion on the topic every Wednesday of the month:

You are invited to a weekly opportunity to learn more about justice from the book of Luke and Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline.

These open studies are being hosted by Gary and Charlotte Wiley and led by folks from our friends at New York Faith & Justice. You can come once, you can come all the time---you will always be welcome. Bring your own copy of Celebration of Discipline, bring $5 for the Luke manuscript.

You must RSVP to Diana Yi: dyi@newyorkfaithjustice.org or 212-870-1254.

Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm
610 W 152 St, Apt. 52 (just west of Broadway; take the 1 train to 145th and walk north)

Where would you like to see more justice?

Save the Date: Scavenger Hunt 7/9/09

If you've been to other Urban Madness events you know you won't wanna miss Scavenger Hunt: Patriots.

Host: Urban Madness
Start Time: Thursday, July 9 at 5:00pm
End Time: Thursday, July 9 at 10:00pm
Where: Manhattan-meet @ Union Square in front of the Washington statue

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:
http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=94848236889&mid=acc263G4db2bfccG947d41G7

[image via Facebook]

Who's in?

Unique Way to Celebrate July 4th: Watching Films on a Rooftop

Sure, you could go up to a rooftop to see fireworks, but that's what everyone else will be doing and you're unique. You want to celebrate America with Rooftop Films:

AMERICANA
Rooftop's annual celebration of the weird and wonderful country we live in. A sunset party with free drinks, a fantastic fireworks view, live music, and short film comedies, dramas and political documentaries.

Venue: On the roof of Chelsea Art Museum
Address: 556 West 22nd Street (Chelsea, Manhattan)
Directions: C, E, 1, 9, F, V, N, R, W to 23rd St.
Rain:Show will go on, rain or shine.
6:00PM: Doors open
6:30PM - 8:00PM: Open bar provided by Radeberger Pilsner and Carlo Rossi sangria
7:00PM - 9:00PM: Live music by Bachelorette and others presented by Sound Fix Records
9:00PM: Great view of the fireworks
9:30PM: Films
Tickets: $40 pre-sale online for a limited time only
Presented in partnership with: Cinereach, and New York magazine


Food, drinks, live music by Bachelorette and others, a fantastic fireworks view and explosive Americana films. A mix of the wacky and the weighty in contemporary America. Rooftop’s annual 4th of July show includes a party atmosphere peppered with some prepossessing films; serious calls for social justice tempered by some seriously funny films. More details about specific films soon. It will be a blast!

[image via Rooftop Films]

What movie do you think best celebrates America?